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There is no greater question today to consider than the question as to whether or not you will be a disciple of Yahshua. And the answer to this is determined by whether you will obey His command and give up all of your possessions, preparing the way for His return. But in closing this writing, we want to take a look at something that is highly revealing regarding the second Remnant and the seeming significance of the days in which we now live.
To introduce this, we will go to Genesis 6 and 7. You will notice that in Genesis 7:6 that Noah was 600 years old when the flood came upon the earth. Then from Genesis 6:3 we find that Yahweh gave man 120 years probation before the flood came. Subtracting the 120 from the 600, we find then that Noah was 480 years old when He placed man on probation.
It seems quite evident that there is some significance that when man was placed on probation for 120 years, Noah was 4 x 120 years of age. Then when the flood came, he was 5 x 120 years of age.
Taking this even further, we find in Genesis 9:29 that Noah died at the age of 950. Significantly, 950 is just ten years short of 8 x 120, or 960 years. Thus while Noah was 4 x 120 when the 120 year probation came, and was 5 x 120 when the flood came, his death was just ten years short of 8 x 120 years. What can this mean?
Looking at his life and seeing this seemingly incomplete span of incremental time, one wonders if there is some associated testimony here of incompleteness regarding Noah. Eight is the number of new beginnings, and in particular the number of Yahshua. Legally, it would be the eighth "day," or the eighth 1,000 year period, that Yahshua would come. What else then do we find about Noah? Something most interesting and revealing!
In Genesis 5:29, we find a remarkable prophecy regarding Noah. When he was born, his father prophesied - "This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which has been cursed." So we ask - Did Noah give man rest from the toil of the ground which Yahweh has cursed? Not at all! In fact, Noah brought death to all mankind, not rest. So what could this mean? Like so many of the unfulfilled passages regarding natural Israel, the Jews, and Jerusalem, these were all foreshadowings of that which must take place and be fulfilled at a higher kingdom level. This is a very important point to realize about the Scriptures and the ways of Yahweh. Since Noah did not fulfill this prophecy in his life, then it was not intended to be fulfilled by Noah himself, but by a people who will indeed deliver man from the curse of the ground and bring him rest. And this is indeed the hope and purpose of the Remnant.
In the writing titled The Love of Money, we saw that Sisera's death by Jael driving a tent peg through his temple into the ground, was a clear testimony of the second Remnant defeating Satan with the tent peg of truth, and equally important, going so far as to remove the curse from the ground. This curse is removed with putting away Satan, and the flood of the Spirit covering the entire earth. This is the flood that is pictured in the flood of Noah. Even as the day of Pentecost, in which 3,000 souls were added to the kingdom, was the higher fulfillment of the violent testimony in which at the identical feast at Mount Sinai 3,000 souls were slain with the sword, so the violent natural flood looks to the day in which there will be its positive higher spiritual fulfillment - the flood of the Spirit that covers the face of the entire earth! Now let us look at some of the timing of this flood, some of this information being repeated fromThe Issue - II, Page 8.
Even as Yahweh had a probation period of 120 years and then came the flood, so there have been 120 Jubilees from the fall of Adam. Counting 120 Jubilees from the fall of Adam, or 120 x 49 years, one arrives at the year 1993. In 1993, the United States experienced the greatest flood in recorded history; but, there was no flood of the Spirit! So what went wrong? Why wasn't there the beginning of the spiritual fulfillment? In The Issue - II, we propose that there is a ten year delay in the beginning of that flood, or to 2003.
It seems strikingly relevant that this man Noah, of whom it was prophesied that he would give man rest from the curse of the ground, as a man fell precisely ten years short of completing the eighth period of 120 years. It seems that by this Yahweh is showing the futility of natural man fulfilling that which is required in order to bring forth Yahshua and deliver man from the curse. It also seems that Yahweh is foretelling the significance of these ten years following the 120 Jubilees that are about to be completed, that they are a period in which the second Remnant has to prove its persistence. If Noah fell short ten years in completing his full eight periods of 120 years probation, how much more must we persevere with the hope that our ten years of tarrying will indeed bring forth the return of Yahshua and the flood of the Spirit that will cover the entire earth?
Thus once again we find a remarkable testimony to the significance and hope of adding ten years to the completion date of the 120 Jubilee period - the shortfall days of the one of whom it was prophesied that he would deliver man from the curse of the ground. There is only one who can fulfill this prophecy - the Elijah work that "will restore all things" (Matthew 17:11, Mark 9:12) and prepares the way for Yahshua's return. Here again is just one more reason that the Remnant Bride, the Elijah, must persevere, and why it is so incredibly important that within this ten year period, the Bride must make herself ready and cover herself. Our time is short!
One of the reasons the Bride must cover herself is so that she can have the "power to act," or the "authority" to pray or prophesy as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 11:10 - "Therefore the woman ought to have power to act on her head, because of the angels." It is a clear fact that the power of the Bride to speak on Yahweh's behalf, or to appeal to or ascend to Him, lies in the governmental requirement that the Bride must be legally covered, and not just with the scant fig leaf tithe covering, but the complete garments of skin covering of holding all things in common. This we MUST do!
As was asked at the opening of this section - What then is the most important question of the day? The most important question of the day is not - What do you do?, or - How successful are you in your worldly pursuits? It is not - How well have you done financially?, or even - Have you been successful in your family? (though this is important). It is not - Are you a Democrat or a Republican?, or - From what nation or what nationality are you? It is not even - Are you a good and moral person? (though this too is important), or certainly - Are you a Christian? In fact, all of these things can be distractions to the true question of greatest importance today! That question is - Are you a disciple of Yahshua? And if you are to be a disciple of Yahshua, then you must do that which He said - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions."
No other question is of greater importance as we approach the hour of Yahshua's return. No other question should prevail in priority than this one deciding question.
In closing, please allow this writer to add one brief comment and review two important points.
Someone is going to object that selling all is quite dramatic, too dramatic! Indeed it is dramatic! But ask yourself - Was not by far the most dramatic act of Yahshua, even seemingly uncharacteristically dramatic, that of casting the moneychangers out of the temple with a scourge of cords, pouring out their coins, and overturning their tables? At no other time did He exhibit such aggression. This is the zeal that consumes Him now, zeal that you are facing even today before His return.
This is the zeal that was foreshadowed in the natural. That which has been is that which will be, and unmistakably we are now seeing the fulfillment of that living prophecy when He cleansed the temple. That which Yahshua performed in the natural temple, was done for one sole purpose - to foreshadow and prophesy. Yahshua was not concerned about that temple made with stones, but is concerned with the temple made with living stones, His church, His kingdom. That which He performed in the natural temple foreshadowed what He has already performed with the first Remnant, and what must take place today in the second Remnant. Zeal for His Father's house consumes Him, and He will cleanse His house of its moneychangers with equal determination, resolve, and vigor!
Indeed, His acts once again in cleansing the temple of the moneychangers are dramatic, consistently, fulfillingly, and even seemingly uncharacteristically QUITE DRAMATIC! And I hope that this scourge of cords man that He has made to afflict your back, will drive the moneychanger out of your life so that you too can be a part of His cleansed temple. This is His purpose, even His work, right now. Do not be deceived, you cannot be a part of His kingdom reign unless you are willing to obey Him, to be His disciple, and give up everything. "You cannot serve God and mammon."
Yahshua has laid a charcoal fire today, and it will be His 153 Sons of God second Remnant who will eat from it. This is the fire whereby we demonstrate that we love Him. This is the fire of deliverance that Moses encountered at Horeb where he was told to remove his sandals. This is the fire of deliverance into which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego decidedly entered. This is the fire that is seven times hotter, insomuch that it burns the bonds of mark of the beast Christianity off of you. Possessions, the cares of this world, have bound and ensnared Christians for 2,000 years; the thorns and weeds have wrapped around their heads, causing their understanding and faith to be bound. Yahshua desires to set us free from those bonds, but it will mean one vital thing, one essential price - that we not bow down to the Babylonian image of gold, but instead pass through the fire that will consume all that we possess! This is the fire, even the path of obedience, that will allow us to walk with the Son of God.
And quoting from the first section, we restate these important words. Herein is the purpose of this writing: To instruct, invite, and encourage you to build upon the rock by doing what Yahshua said. You have a choice and opportunity today like no other time before. Only the first Remnant had the effectual choice you now have; but this time, the outcome will be the fulfillment and completion of that which they began! The breach is over, and today you will either be one who has built your house on the sands of Christianity that calls Yahshua "Lord, Lord," or you will dig deep and build your house on Yahshua and His clear command concerning what is required to be His disciple - give up all of your possessions. This is your choice.
It is now your decision!
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added to you."
"Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives."
"And from everyone who has been given much
shall much be required;
and to whom they entrusted much,
of him they will ask all the more.
I have come to cast fire upon the earth;
and how I wish it were already kindled!"
... for the joy set before Him (He) endured the cross
May I strongly suggest you read this writing again. I hope to hear from you.
Editorial note: Shortly after this writing went out, Gary sent out an e-mail that provided further information per this matter of holding all things in common. Because of the importance and relevance of that information, it has been added here for your reading. To read "Testing of the Great Multitudes," click here.
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